Guide To Buying Barbour

There are a few clothing items in this world worth investing in. 

Every closet should have a perfect fitting pair of jeans, classic nude pumps (for ladies), a statement silk scarf, and a timeless jacket that will be fitting for almost every season. 

I’ve found that the latter is fulfilled with the Barbour Beadnell Waxed Jacket

However, buying Barbour for those who haven’t bought Barbour before can be quite tricky, so I’m here to help navigate the right time to buy, the right style and sizing help in the Ultimate Guide to Buying Barbour. 

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The Essential Guide to Buying Barbour Jackets 

Step One: Understand the sizing.

The first thing to realize is that when you go to buy a Barbour Waxed jacket the sizing is always listed as the UK sizing and the corresponding size for US customers. However, I have found that these jackets still run a little narrow so order up one size especially if you plan on wearing layers underneath. Example: I normally wear a size 2 in JCrew (specifically this coat) and in this Barbour Beadnell Jacket, I am a size 4 US/ 8 UK. The sleeves are also something to take note on, the core lined coats (any Barbour coat with a double zipper) are notoriously short in the arms for long-limbed people, like me. I highly recommend sending your jacket back to Barbour to get these alterations made, or drop it off at an Orvis nearby to take care of these alterations (see a list of services here). I wouldn’t trust this to a 3rd party due to the investment cost of this jacket plus you’ll void the warranty if it isn’t taken back to a certified retailer.

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Step Two: Decide the right time to buy Barbour. 

The great thing about the Barbour Beadnell is that it is their iconic style so it will never go out of season. Barbour almost never goes on sale, so when you can find an online retailer that is offering a sale on winter items and Barbour is included in that discount, you want to snatch up those items during that time. One of my favorite online retailers, Tuckernuck, has a fantastic Black Friday sale where depending on what you buy, you can get up to 30% off your total order! That means, 30% off Barbour Jackets, bringing the price point down $120- a considerable savings! Another great time to buy Barbour is right after MLK day when retailers start dumping their winter clothes (albeit ironically because we’re still in the middle of winter) in exchange for their resort and spring collections. The third is with Nordstrom having their Semi-Annual sale in July, it’s the perfect time to buy a new jacket if you plan strategically for the coming winter. 

Guide to Buying a barbour jacketClassic Barbour Beadnell Waxed Jacket in Sage || Chunky Cable Knit Sweater || Audrey Allman Designs Necklace || Article of Society Black Jeans (under $60) || Frye Boots || Erika Raybans || Rose Gold Watch || Blue Topaz David Yurman Bracelet || Dooney Bourke Saddle Bag (vintage) similar splurge and steal 

Step Three: Decide what style you like. 

Barbour has a handful of great styles to choose from, the two jacket styles you can pick from are waxed cotton and quilted. Both are great selections and one of my favorite styles is the Beadnell Polarquilt. It was a tough decision between buying the classic Waxed Beadnell or the Beadnell Polarquilt, for a first-time Barbour buyer, I would recommend getting the Waxed Beadnell, as you most likely already have a quilted jacket for winter and you should start with the classic first. If you decided to get the Polarquilt, you will notice the price point is considerably lower than the waxed jacket and requires less maintenance throughout the seasons. If you’re unsure of which style is for you and there is no retailer nearby for you to try these jackets on in person, I highly recommend buying multiple sizes from Nordstrom since they have a free return policy. Had I never tried on the Barbour Beadnell Waxed in person, this would have been very helpful when it came time to decide on the different styles. 

Step Four: Decide which color you want.

Barbour has quite a few colors to choose from. Most notably you will see this jacket in green, but you may not realize there are two different greens to choose from: sage and olive. My waxed coat (pictured above) is in Sage. Olive has a browner tint to it whereas sage has a more shimmering “wet” look to it. Other colors of the waxed jacket include black, navy, bark and rustic (a dark brown color.) If this is your first coat, I highly recommend the sage as I personally like the shiny aspect of the color (which does fade over time, which is why it’s important to get it reproofed!)Guide to Buying a barbour jacketGuide to Buying a barbour jacket

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Step Five: Realize that waxed jackets need upkeep.

Barbour recommends reproofing your jacket every year, the wax keeps the jacket waterproof after all. I think you would be fine to re-wax it every other year if it isn’t your main jacket for winter and if you stay out of the weather mainly when wearing it. Also, replacing and repairing parts on your Barbour is more expensive and more time consuming since you must send it to Barbour to fix the item. You can see a full list of services and repairs offered here
Guide to Buying a barbour jacket

 Classic Barbour Beadnell Waxed Jacket in Sage || Chunky Cable Knit Sweater || Audrey Allman Designs Necklace || Article of Society Black Jeans (under $60) || Frye Boots || Erika Raybans || Rose Gold Watch || Blue Topaz David Yurman Bracelet || Dooney Bourke Saddle Bag (vintage) similar splurge and steal 

Insider tip: Waxed Barbour Jackets aren’t really “Winter” jackets.

The Waxed Beadnell Jacket that I have is not by any means a winter jacket if you live anywhere that gets snow. The waxed jacket is perfect for us Southerner’s because it is weatherproof, wind resistant and would hold up nicely against the faint dusting of snow we get every year. However, anyone who lives in a Northern region of the world may find they need linings inside of their waxed jacket to keep them warm. You can find some great zip-in accessories here, and remember that this will add bulk to your jacket which might make it fit more snugly. If you anticipate getting a lining and wanting to wear this jacket for winter, you might want to size up again to accommodate all the extra layers during the colder months. 

Insider tip: Beadnell and Bedale are two different styles.

While both jackets give a boxier shape, the Beadnell is the more feminine and flattering silhouette whereas the Bedale has a unisex, boxier fit. The Bedale does NOT have plaid underneath the collar and the sleeves are longer than the Beadnell and do not have the interior plaid lining.

Guide to Buying a barbour jacket

Barbour Polarquilt Jacket in Navy || Articles of Society Jeans (favorite jeans under $70) || Loft sweater (if sold out try this option!) || Julie Vos Pendant Necklace || Daniel Wellington Watch || Sunglasses 

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What I love about the Barbour Beadnell Waxed Jacket is that it is a classic style that will never go out of fashion and it is extremely well constructed with functional pockets for both keeping your hands warm and storing things (like a phone, shotgun shells, etc.) in. I personally think it’s a jacket that everyone should keep in their closet as it goes with a multitude of outfits (see inspiration here). However, this year I’ve added the Beadnell Polarquilt to my collection and it’s taken over my wardrobe. I’ve paired it with blouses and slacks for work, sweaters and jeans for a casual outing, and thrown it over a skirt and shirt which added an equestrian touch to the ensemble. 

If you’re in the market to buy a Barbour, I recommend buying from someplace that offers free shipping and free returns (like Nordstrom) so that you can try on the styles you want and not have to worry about wasting money on shipping. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to help! 

Shop the Beadnell Wax Jacket Outfit 

Shop the Beadnell Polarquilt Jacket Outfit

Thanks to my friend Dasha of Dasha Crawford Photography and Shayna of Uprising Imagery for contributing their photography to make this article possible. 

Author: Cynthia

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